The following article was posted on www.northcountrynow.com on Wednesday, August 22 featuring former St. Lawrence standout Kyle Flanagan.
By Jake Newman
CANTON -- Hockey has taken Kyle Flanagan across the country and even overseas, but he always seems to end up back at home in Canton.
Flanagan recently retired from hockey after a six year professional career, playing for several American Hockey League teams and even a season in Sweden. The 29-year-old forward is happy that his career allowed him to play against elite competition, with some of his most treasured fans in the crowd to cheer him on.
“The most meaningful aspect of my career was that I played at some of the highest levels of hockey so close to home in front of family and friends and had a lot of fun doing it,” Flanagan said.
Flanagan played high school hockey for the Canton Golden Bears form 2004 to 2007 before beginning his more committed hockey journey. His first stop was with the Cornwall Colts, a Junior A team just over the Canadian border. Flanagan then spent the next two seasons in Iowa playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League before beginning his four year college career at St. Lawrence University.
The Canton native was an obvious fan favorite when the Saints stepped on the ice. Flanagan amassed 46 goals and 101 assists in 134 games and was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award his senior season. He was offered a professional contract immediately after his senior campaign ended in 2013 and began playing for the Adirondack Phantoms.
Flanagan played two seasons with Adirondack before signing with Swedish Hockey League team MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik, where he played for one season before returning to play three more years in North America with Adirondack and the Binghamton Senators, who moved to Belleville, Ont. in his final season.
Naturally, Flanagan said he would love to continue playing the game he loves, but seems at peace with his decision to retire.
Although he is not sure what his next career move will be, a future in hockey is still on the table.
And, again, Flanagan has landed in Canton. Hockey still continues to be part of his reality there.
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